Six cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said today that this was not unexpected following the presence of monkeypox cases in the UK and many European countries.

It said that for each case, public health teams are following up those who had close contact with the case while they were infectious.

In order to maintain patient confidentiality, no further information about the cases will be provided.

It added that public health risk assessments have been undertaken and those who were in contact with the cases are being advised on what to do in the event that they become ill.

The cases in Ireland come after the reporting of more than 500 other confirmed cases of monkeypox in Europe, North America and many other countries worldwide over recent weeks.